This post is sponsored by Thirdlove.
It’s no secret how much I love breastfeeding and profess it here on the blog and with my #nursingfriendly fashion finds on Instagram. I don’t do it to alienate those that don’t breastfeed; I do it because dressing for easy nursing access can be surprisingly challenging, and I want to share what I find. Before having kids, I didn’t even know what to think of it or how I’d do at it. I honestly couldn’t imagine how my breasts could make milk and feed a baby; I seriously wondered where it would even come out of, haha. But a woman’s body never ceases to amaze me, and when the time came, instinct kicked in (with a little help from lactation consultants).
Breastfeeding calms me down and forces me to stop what I’m doing in the hustle and bustle of busy mom life. It centers me and reminds me to slow down. That natural high from oxytocin eases my anxiety from trying to do it all and be it all. I look forward to this special time to hold my babies and nourish them with their perfect food while staring at them lovingly, kissing them on their forehead, and taking in their sweet baby smell. I feel lucky to be a stay-at-home mom and keep my kids with me everywhere I go (major props to moms who pump at work — I remember my mom doing that with my 3 siblings and my dad picking up the milk during the day). I’ll honestly be sad when I stop breastfeeding my last child.
Despite all my lovey-dovey feelings about it, breastfeeding comes with its challenges. With my first baby, it hurt so badly I had to brace myself and sometimes cry while trying to get a good latch, and that continued for about a month, which at the time felt like it would never stop. I remember breaking down and wanting to give up a few times. With my second, it didn’t hurt as badly: about a week until my breasts got used to nursing again after my short break during pregnancy. (Vienna breastfed for 2 years and I stopped in my first trimester because it started to make my uterus contract and make me feel weird). I’ve breastfed everywhere and anywhere at this point. I had to get over the fear of having a nip slip; now I could care less. Over the past few years, sometimes I’ve felt like a milk cow, especially in the very beginning with my first baby when it was all so new to me and cluster feeding was a reality most of my days. I’ve come to terms that my body is no longer all “mine,” and it seems like everyone in the family needs mama. I can’t do certain things because I’m still attached at the boob to my baby, but it’s definitely worth it to me for the physical and emotional connection I have with my babies and the health benefits to both of us.
Worrying about what clothes and bras to wear while breastfeeding should be the least of my worries during this time in my mothering life. The reality is, I do worry about it. After all, this whole blog is about not losing yourself after becoming a mom! Thirdlove, an online bra and underwear brand, reached out to me to spread the news of their newest launch: their nursing bras. I had one of their lace bras from before kids and loved it, so I didn’t hesitate to try out their new offering for mamas, #ByMomsForMoms!
After wearing their 24/7 Classic Nursing Bra every day for the past 2 weeks, I’m happy to say it’s a winner, both in design and comfort. Lightweight memory foam cups support me and give me a really nice perky shape. Breathable, super-soft micro jersey fabric soothes my skin. Easy-open cups allow for easy access with one hand for feeding and pumping. The new Thirdlove nursing bras come in both wired and wireless versions, but what makes them really unique is that they clasp in the front. I’ve never seen that before in a nursing bra.
Ordering online is easy, which is especially helpful for new moms. They have a Try Before You Buy policy, where you can try one of their best-selling bras free for 30 days! Take their Fit Finder Quiz before ordering to help you figure out your current size. The 24/7 Classic Nursing Bra goes up to an F (DDD) cup size, and their 24/7 Classic Wireless Nursing Bra goes up to G (DDDD). IMO, the cup sizes run a bit small; I got the F cup but feel that I might be a G in Thirdlove right now (almost three months into nursing my second baby).
Something I read on one of their brochures really struck a cord with me: “Motherhood comes in all shapes. As much as we’d love a how-to manual on raising kids, we believe the real magic happens in the unscripted moments, when in between all the doing, you find the time and comfort to just be.”
I’ll leave you with 5 ways how your breasts change throughout motherhood, written by Thirdlove:
- Pregnancy: Your breasts are one of the first things to change in pregnancy, often getting tender and increasing in size. Your ribcage will expand as your belly grows, so your band size will likely increase, too. Try a wireless bra for soft support as your body changes throughout pregnancy.
- Birth: As soon as you give birth, maternal hormones signal your breasts to produce milk. It can take a few days of your milk to come in, during which your breasts will swell. Going braless, if you can, for the first few days might be the most comfortable and easy, as you and baby get acquainted.
- Nursing: You’ll notice your breasts are larger and fell full before each nursing session, and smaller and a bit softer afterwards. Your breasts may also leak a bit of milk, so nursing pads can help keep your clothes dry. Having an extra nursing bra in your rotation can come in handy, especially in case of leaks or spit-up.
- Back to Daily Life: After the first few weeks of nursing, you’ll start to get into a predictable pattern. Both nursing and pumping are simplified with our easy-open cups. If you’re pumping, looking at a picture of your baby can help with lactation and speed up he process.
- Post-Nursing: Once you stop lactating, your breasts and ribcage will likely be a different size than they were pre-pregnancy. It’s important to find a bra that fits your new size. Since your breasts and your ribcage may have changed, make sure you’re double-checking your band size, not just your cup size.
Let me know if you try any of the new Thirdlove nursing bras and what you think!
Sponsored by Thirdlove. Thank you for supporting the brands I love that make this blog fun to write!